Ronald Lamola

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Ronald Lamola

Ronald Lamola (cropped).jpg
Lamola in 2011
Minister of Justice and Correctional Services
Assumed office
30 May 2019
PresidentCyril Ramaphosa
DeputyJohn Jeffery
Inkosi Phathekile Holomisa
Preceded byMichael Masutha
Member of the National Assembly of South Africa
Assumed office
22 May 2019
Personal details
Born
Ronald Ozzy Lamola

(1983-11-21) 21 November 1983 (age 35)
Bushbuckridge, Mpumalanga
NationalitySouth African
Political partyAfrican National Congress
Spouse(s)
Bawinile “Winnie” Msiza (m. 2013)
Alma materUniversity of Venda
University of South Africa
University of Pretoria
Wits Enterprise
OccupationPolitician

Ronald Ozzy Lamola (born 21 November 1983) is a South African lawyer and politician, Minister of Justice and Correctional Services, and a member of the African National Congress (ANC). He has also been serving as a Member of the National Assembly of South Africa since 22 May 2019. He is a member of the ANC's National Executive Committee and National Working Committee. Lamola had previously been involved in the African National Congress Youth League prior to his suspension.[1][2][3]

Early life and education[edit]

Ronald Ozzy Lamola was born 21 November 1983 in the town of Bushbuckridge, then part of South Africa's Transvaal Province. He joined the ANC Youth League at the age of thirteen in 1996. In 2000, he matriculated from Mchacka High School.[4] He soon enrolled for a law degree at the University of Venda. During his time at the university, he became President of the Student Representative Council (SRC) and Chairperson of the South African Students Congress in Limpopo.[5]

He achieved a practical legal training degree from the University of South Africa in 2006. In 2008, he soon obtained a post-graduate certificate in corporate law from the University of South Africa. Later on, he received a post-graduate certificate in banking law and the financial markets. Lamola acquired an LLM in corporate law from the University of Pretoria. He attained a post-graduate certificate in telecommunications policy and regulation and management from Wits Enterprise. He holds two master's degrees from the University of Pretoria.[6][7]

Career[edit]

Lamola started his law career as a lawyer at TMN Kgomo and Associates in 2006. Later on, in 2009, he was employed as a manager of the Govan Mbeki Local Municipality. He was the Director in the Office of the Mpumalanga MEC for Culture Sports and Recreation from 2009 until 2011. Shortly after in 2011, he briefly served as the acting spokesperson for the Mpumalanga Premier David Mabuza.

He is a former deputy president of the African National Congress Youth League (ANCYL). He served alongside Youth League president Julius Malema prior to Malema's expulsion from the position in 2011 for bringing the party in disrepute.[8]

Lamola is a fierce critic of former ANC president Jacob Zuma. He openly endorsed Kgalema Motlanthe to succeed Zuma in 2012.[9][10][11]

He was a candidate for the National Assembly in 2014 since he was 175th on the ANC's national list. Due to the party's electoral percentage, he was not elected as a Member.[12]

After the 2015 ANCYL elective conference, Lamola disappeared from the public eye and managed his own law firm.[13]

In December 2017, Lamola was elected to the ANC National Executive Committee. He endorsed Cyril Ramaphosa to become ANC president.[14] Soon after in January 2018, the ANC NEC appointed him to the party's National Working Committee.[15]

Following the May 2019 elections, Lamola took office as a Member of the National Assembly. President Cyril Ramaphosa appointed him to the post of Minister of Justice and Correctional Services.[16]

Personal life[edit]

Lamola married Bawinile “Winnie” Msiza at the Cunning Moor in Bushbuckridge, Mpumalanga, on 8 March 2013.[17]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Madia, Tshidi. Order! Meet SA's new Justice Minister Ronald Lamola, News24, 30 May 2019. Retrieved on 12 June 2019.
  2. ^ "Justice minister Ronald Lamola visits Johannesburg court after gang bust-up". TimesLIVE. Retrieved 2019-06-12.
  3. ^ "Ronald Lamola: Meet South Africa's new Justice Minister". The South African. 2019-05-30. Retrieved 2019-06-12.
  4. ^ "Ronald Lamola, 35: South Africa's youngest cabinet minister under Ramaphosa". Povo News. 2019-06-01. Retrieved 2019-06-12.
  5. ^ "UNIVEN graduate is appointed Minister of Justice and Correctional Services". University of Venda. Retrieved 2019-06-12.
  6. ^ Ronald Lamola, Mr, South African Government. Retrieved on 12 June 2019.
  7. ^ Lamola obtains 2nd master's degree. Retrieved on 12 June 2019.
  8. ^ Out! ANC upholds Julius Malema's expulsion. Retrieved on 12 June 2019.
  9. ^ Fight for a better ANC - Lamola. Retrieved on 12 June 2019.
  10. ^ Lamola endorses Motlanthe, Eyewitness News, 27 September 2012. Retrieved on 12 June 2019.
  11. ^ ANCYL officially nominates Motlanthe. Retrieved on 12 June 2019.
  12. ^ WATCH: Ronald Lamola's journey to cabinet, eNCA, 1 June 2019. Retrieved on 12 June 2019.
  13. ^ Meet Ronald Lamola: Minister of Justice and Correctional Services. Retrieved on 12 June 2019.
  14. ^ Lamola praises Mabuza's 'Damascus moment'. Retrieved on 12 June 2019.
  15. ^ #ANCNEC elects NWC members. Retrieved on 12 June 2019.
  16. ^ AS IT HAPPENED: Youngest minister Ronald Lamola takes his oath of office as Minister of Justice and Correctional Services. Retrieved on 12 June 2019.
  17. ^ ANCYL's Ronald Lamola weds. Retrieved on 12 June 2019.